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The Trail Guide 2016 Spring Trail Guide : Page 3

Lion Scouts are here! We are excited to announce that we have been selected to be one of the Councils that will pilot the Lion Scout Kindergarten program! This program is designed to get Kindergarten boys and their adult partners engaged quickly and teach them about the basics of Cub Scouting. If you are interested, please contact your District Membership Chair. Each unit that wishes to participate in the program must do the following prior to August Roundtables in order to sign up for the Lion program: • Contact their District Membership Chair or District Chair. • Discuss with your Unit Committees to ensure you have enough leadership in place to support this new Den before we invite families to join. • Provide at minimum 1 Lion leader to attend Lion training at the August Roundtable. Ideally you should have your Cubmaster, Lion Coordinator, Lion Guide and any established Lion partners there. Please contact your District Membership Chair soon if you are interested in growing your Pack and serving more families! MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM From the Scoutingwire -February 24, 2016 A new Scouting program for kindergarten-age boys is available as a national pilot for select councils this Fall. Research shows that childhood development accelerates around ages four and five, about the time youth begin formal education. To supplement the learning and growth boys experience at home and in an educational environment at that age, Boy Scouts of America has developed a pilot program for five-year-old kindergarten boys called “Lion.” What Is the Lion Program? The Lion program weaves traditional Scouting concepts of character development, leadership skills, personal fitness and citizenship into activities that are age-appropriate and fun for the boys and their parents. The activities introduce the family to Cub Scouting, and provide an exciting way for the little guys to explore the world around them. The program will fuel their imagination, creativity and fun as they experience the growth Scouting can provide. At the end of the Lion year, they “graduate” to Tiger and advance through Cub Scouting. Councils will apply to become a national pilot site for Fall 2016. Scout Executives have been made aware of the procedures to do that. If approved, councils will track their experiences and provide feedback to national development teams for further study. For more information regarding this new program, please visit our Quivira Council Website. 3

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